BMW AG is the most recent automaker to update its Takata airbag. About 90,000 older automobile owners in the United States have received a notice from BMW asking them not to drive their vehicles owing to an increasing danger of their airbags detonating in an accident. BMW warning applies to vehicles produced between 2000 and 2006 that have previously been subject to a recall to replace hazardous Takata airbag inflators.
In order to inflate the airbags during a crash, Takata employed the flammable chemical ammonium nitrate. The metal canister might explode and spew shards that could gravely hurt or even kill drivers and passengers as the chemical deteriorates over time when exposed to heat and humidity.
The “do not drive” warning comes after similar warnings about Takata Corp. airbags that might explode if they are activated after being exposed to intense heat and humidity for an extended period of time from Honda Motor Co., Ford Motor Co., and others.
Caution and Action taken for the Risk
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has encouraged owners of concerned vehicles to immediately park them and contact BMW for more information. The government went on to say that these vehicles’ airbags are some of the oldest Takata airbags that are currently being recalled, and they have a very high likelihood of failing in the case of an accident
Owners will not be charged for any repairs, including mobile repairs and free towing. By visiting the BMW website or getting in touch with BMW customer relations, owners of the affected cars may find out if their car is included in the recall.
Records of Mishappening
Since 2009, 24 of the at least 33 deaths attributed to Takata airbags have occurred in the United States alone. There were recorded deaths in Australia and Malaysia in addition to the United States, where the majority of fatalities and around 400 injuries occurred.
The greatest vehicle recall in US history has been brought on by the possibility of a hazardous malfunction. There was a recall on over 67 million Takata inflators. However, many of them still need repair, according to the US government. Around 100 million defective inflators have been recalled globally, and Takata Corporation of Japan had to file for bankruptcy due to the defective airbags. Ann Carlson, the acting administrator of the NHTSA, has advised owners to schedule their free repair right now in order to avoid gambling with their own or their loved ones’ lives.